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Ralph A

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    Northern Virginia, Fredericksburg
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    Writing, Saltwater Fishing, Cigars, Pond Building, Advanced Gardening, Imperial German Militaria

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  1. Ralph A

    One of the rarest EK Awards...

    No one ever did. I got it from one of our fellow Contemptible's of high regard, who lamented that it had no award document. Now, another is enjoying it, who is building a nice collection of NC bars. It's been shown many times on this forum.
  2. Here are some hints for eager collectors, some things of which to be aware. Here is how this piece was presented on the dealer's site. Here is the actual piece, and what I learned. Most of this damage, almost invisible to the naked eye, was reported on the COA. I used harsh light and some difficult camera angles to show everything. Point is, this is what you want to see on something so old, and well worn. The fact is that if you had one of these exceptional things, you wore it... some of these gents probably never took them off. This one was worn from 1917 t0 1935 and had been kept well by the recipient, dinged up here and there, repaired as needed. Watch for this sort of thing. Be wary of minty examples.
  3. Ralph A

    One of the rarest EK Awards...

    Oh, thank you. I hoped one of those would turn up one day.
  4. Ralph A

    Rising Suns questions

    No greed here. What would be a fair price?
  5. Ralph A

    Rising Suns questions

    What classes are these? Can you determine the approximate era from these pictures? How is the larger one different from the one Weitze has for sale? https://www.weitze.com/militaria/73/Japan_Orden_der_Aufgehenden_Sonne_Ritterkreuz__299673.html Huge difference in cost from what I was offered for mine.... ?? Sorry, not my field. I'm sure the answers are in this forum, but I don't have the time right now to dredge them up. Thanks all.
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    • ORIGINAL/AUTHENTIC

    Bloody Ludwig on a corkscrew stick. 15mm/54mm or thereabouts. 75 bucks or equivalent in trade. No livestock please.

    £55.00

    , Virginia

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    $50, and I'll include the rust on the pin and shipping in USA.

    £37.48

    , Virginia - US

  8. Ralph A

    Centenarmedaille on a Bow

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    Not often seen mounted like this. Size either: this shiny little baby is 30mm across. $50 sounds like a steal to me.

    £37.35

    , Virginia - US

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    $50, or whatever makes your day. Let me know.

    £37.35

    , Virginia - US

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    My Hanseatic collection, up for grabs. $500 USD

    £370.00

    , Virginia

  11. Ghost from the past! I sold that one as a repro long ago, along with the rest of my TR collection. It was extensive... and lo! and behold "iron-clad/go to sleep on" pieces that had been vetted time and again turned out to be fakes. About 10% of the collection. A lot of it was taken back by the dealers who sold it to me. Even some I'd had for ten years or more! I did keep all 1000+ of the tinnies, though! And the P38.
  12. Ralph,forgive me if I have already asked, but do you still have these flight tinnies?

    1. Ralph A

      Ralph A

      Sorry brotha-man. I thought I responded. I looked for anything in your field of interest as best i could, and found nothing. There's more than 1000 tinnies to dredge through... I plan to go through them again soon (they need organizing/shaking out badly) and if anything turns up you can surely have it. I'll let you know.

      As for stickpins, i sold all those to Chris Weiser. If there was anything among those, he has them now.

      Thanks for asking! Best regards!

       

    2. reck

      reck

      Thanks for getting back to me Ralph

  13. My good friend and fellow collector (of US groups; he's the fellow I got my "unattributed" HLP MOH from) Elliot Goldman came by this week and brought his book of presidential signatures. As far as I know it is the most complete book of its kind in existence. Signed by 15 presidents and 8 first ladies (beginning with Chester Arthur), it also has signatures of such notables as General Pershing, Clara Barton, George Gatling, Susan B Anthony and others. It sure was fun looking through it! Here is a link to the book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYTfTtwkuY8
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